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8 Ways To Set Smart Goals And How To Reach Them
In today’s post, I am going to be sharing my best tips on how to set short term goals as well as long term goals and how to reach these goals.
So if you’re someone who wants to do all these amazing things in your life but doesn’t know where to start, this post is for you.
Setting goals should be on everybody’s self-improvement plan. Without setting goals, we just stay stagnant and don’t grow at all. The beauty of goals is that it gives us something to work towards. And once we reach them, we feel like we can do anything if we want it bad enough.
Now here’s the thing. We all have goals, that’s a given. But how many of us are actually actively working towards these goals?
How many of us are working on them despite being busy, despite the naysayers? Take a guess. About 8% according to science.
You read that correctly. I don’t know about you, but that’s a little pathetic. What do that 8% of people have that you don’t? Absolutely nothing. It’s what they choose to do about these goals that
With that said, I think it’s fair to say that everyone deserves to reach their goals, and everyone is very capable of doing so.
Set realistic goals
Now, let’s say your goal is to save up for that car. Do you think it’s more realistic to save up for it in 3 months or a year?
Of course, that depends on what kind of income you bring in monthly. Some people can very well save up for a car in 3 months.
Me? A year is more my speed. That’s what I mean by realistic. If your goals are big and cannot be rushed, don’t expect that if you rush them they will happen. Lives don’t change overnight, they need time and work, and lots of it.
Plus, setting short-term goals is going to get you closer to your long-term goals before you even know it.
Celebrate your mini-goals along the way
This is where people usually quit. In the instance of that dream car, say you’ve saved up a third of the funds needed to buy it.
Instead of looking at it like “Oh my GOD, I still have that much left to save??????”, look at it with a glass half full.
You’ve busted your behind and saved SO much money already, keep going. You’ll get there, just be patient and celebrate the fact that you’ve been so committed to working to reach your goals so far. Stay consistent, and you will get there.
Surround yourself with your goals/manifestation
You may have heard of vision boards, or you may have not. Essentially what they are, are visual reminders of what it is that you envision as your goals.
That car? Print a picture of it and stick it somewhere where you will see it every day. Visualize your goals into existence. When you put your goals into the universe, the universe will help you manifest them because it will see that you’re actively (and passively) working to get to them.
Surround yourself with people who believe in you
This is a big one. If you surround yourself with people who don’t believe in your goals and visions, they will bring you down to their level of negative attitude, and you will eventually give up.
Instead, you want to keep people in your circle who believe in your vision and talk you up instead of talking you down. Your attitude towards your goals will either make or break them, and so you want to focus on a positive environment in order to achieve them.
Put in the work
You knew this was coming, right? You didn’t think you could set a goal and not work towards it, did you? Ok, good. Let’s get to it.
Most of us have a lot of commitments- our jobs, kids, household etc. Where do you find the time to work on your goals then? You have to make time for them.
Wake up early and start your day with your goals in mind. The mornings are the best time for productivity since our brains are the sharpest when we wake up.
If you can’t work in the mornings for whatever reason, set up an hour during your day to do it. Or wait until the kids are asleep. Instead of watching reruns of FRIENDS for the 4th time (guilty), take that time to work on bettering your life. You won’t regret it.
Speak your goals into existence
This is similar to the vision board, except instead of visual, this is auditory. It is just another way to work with the law of attraction.
Focus your attention on your dreams and in time they will happen! This is not magic, nor is it witchcraft. It’s just a way for you to manifest whatever it is that you want into your life.
Speak positively about your desires, and believe what you are saying. Believe that you will soon have all that you’ve wished for.
Let setbacks drive you
If you do get to a point where something goes wrong, use it to your advantage. Let it build up that hunger of yours to get to your goals.
Learn from your mistakes and try not to repeat them again. The key here is to not get discouraged but to keep going. Persistence and self-discipline are your best friends whenever you hit a roadblock.
Last but not least, taking breaks from working on your goals will get you there faster. When you’re overworked and burned out, you’ll be wasting your time and energy if you try to pursue anything.
Instead, take a mental break. Go out for coffee, take a nap, go on a walk. Do whatever you must to recharge your batteries and you will come back refreshed and full of fresh, new ideas you didn’t have before. Taking care of yourself mentally as well as physically is crucial to designing the life of your dreams.
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What are some of your goals? 🙂 How do you plan on achieving them?
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